Violinist Annie Trépanier and violist/violinist Steve Larson have performed throughout the Americas and Europe – their playing has been hailed as “supercharged, clear-headed, yet soulful” (The Boston Globe) and “gorgeous…almost mad with excitement” (Classical.net). They have been playing chamber music together since the 1990’s, including numerous performances as the Trépanier/Larson Duo, and are currently members of Cuatro Puntos Ensemble which is renowned for its exciting cross-cultural collaborations and recordings. They also perform each summer at the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia. In addition, Steve Larson is a Senior Artist Teacher at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, and a founding member of the Adaskin String Trio and Ensemble Schumann. Previously, Trépanier and Larson played together for twenty years as members of Avery Ensemble, and were finalists at the Banff International String Quartet Competition as members of the Diabelli Quartet. Originally from Canada (Annie from Montreal, Quebec and Steve from Regina, Saskatchewan), since 1996 they have lived in Connecticut where they are very active both as performers and teachers. ViolinViolaEtc.com
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Cuatro Puntos Ensemble collaborates with local, national, and international guest artists to produce genre-defying and culturally significant concert programing and album recordings. Aiming for the highest in artistic excellence while working alongside socially significant artists such as the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and musician activist Ameen Mokdad (Mosul, Iraq), Cuatro Puntos Ensemble has been reviewed by Fanfare Magazine as having a “great depth of sound” and “virtuostic performance”. They have performed extensively throughout the United States as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Afghanistan. To date they have produced six albums of varying genres and styles on major international record labels like Métier and Toccata Classics. They have been included on the soundtrack for films produced in England, Australia, and Afghanistan, and have been guest lecturers at prestigious universities such as New England Conservatory (Boston), Columbia University (New York), Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (Germany), and Goldsmiths College (London). The ensemble is part of Cuatro Puntos (“four points” in Spanish), a non-profit organization that activates music as a pragmatic and universally accessible stimulus for social change, cultural awareness, and empowerment of the underserved. Based in Connecticut, Cuatro Puntos hosts a mixed-genre concert series in multiple cities as well as music/curriculum alignment programs in school classrooms in Hartford (in partnership with Hartford Performs) and beyond. Cuatro Puntos connects Connecticut residents with artists around the world by curating guest artists for in-person and virtual events, with an emphasis on artists who are cultural keepers of threatened art forms, or who are doing genuine work to serve others.
Adaskin String Trio
Emlyn Ngai, violin
Steve Larson, viola
Mark Fraser, cello
The trio’s programs often include special collaborations, including long-standing partnerships with pianist Sally Pinkas and oboist Thomas Gallant.
Steve Larson, viola
Thomas Gallant, oboe
Sally Pinkas, piano
Inquiries regarding Trépanier/Larson Duo performances or any of the above groups can be made using our Contact page. For the Adaskin String Trio and Ensemble Schumann, inquiries can also be made through General Arts Touring, Inc.
Individual Bio for Annie Trépanier:
Violinist Annie Trépanier is a captivating performer and recording artist as well as a passionately dedicated teacher. The Boston Globe has hailed her playing as “supercharged, clear-headed, yet soulful” and her travels have included concerts in Brazil, Bolivia, Turkey, and throughout Europe. She has been heard regularly in national broadcasts on Radio-Canada, CBC and NPR and has recorded for Toccata Classics, Navona, Ablaze, Arkadash, Metier, CRI, New World, Ongaku, and Zephyr. She is Co-Executive Director of Cuatro Puntos, a Connecticut-based musical collective dedicated to bringing people together through musical partnerships around the world, including activities in New England, South America, Afghanistan, Turkey, and England.
Trépanier and her husband, violist Steve Larson, perform together regularly both as a duo and as part of Cuatro Puntos Ensemble. Previously they played together for twenty years as members of Avery Ensemble, producing a regular concert series as well as recordings which were celebrated by highly regarded publications such as The Strad: “The Avery Ensemble’s musicians’ great love for this music shines through in every bar, thanks to the eloquence of their tone and phrasing.”, and Fanfare Magazine: “Here are four musicians whose technical perfection and polish are equally matched by the sumptuous sound they produce and the depth of interpretive insight they exhibit.”
Each summer Trépanier is invited to perform for two wonderful communities of music lovers – at Loon Lake Live in upstate New York, and at the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. She is a former member of the New World Trio and the Diabelli String Quartet and has appeared as a guest with such ensembles as the Copenhagen and Adaskin String Trios. She studied with Denise Lupien, Claude Richard, Philip Setzer, Pamela Frank, and renowned Suzuki teacher-trainers Teri Einfeldt and Linda Fiore, and holds degrees from McGill University, the University of Ottawa and The Hartt School. She was coached in chamber music by members of the Orion, Emerson, Cleveland and Orford String Quartets. Trépanier was a teaching artist for ten years at The Hotchkiss School and still lives and teaches in beautiful Northwest Connecticut. Visit www.violinviolaetc.com for more information.
Individual Bio for Steve Larson:
Steve Larson’s performances have been described as “electrifying” (Journal of the American Viola Society), while the Montreal Gazette has praised his “singing tone, eloquent phrasing, expressive dynamics and flawless intonation,” and the Boston Globe called his playing “supercharged, clear-headed, yet soulful.” He is a Senior Artist Teacher at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, where he has taught since 1998 and has served both as Chair for Strings and Chair of Chamber Music.
Larson has performed extensively as the violist of the Adaskin String Trio since 1994, and with the oboe, viola & piano trio, Ensemble Schumann, since 2005. The Adaskin’s landmark recording of the complete String Trios of Beethoven for Musica Omnia was hailed by Gramophone as “riveting” and “intoxicating”, while their MSR Classics release of the two piano quartets by Gabriel Faure with pianist Sally Pinkas was enthusiastically welcomed as “splendid,” “worth celebrating” and “ferociously gorgeous.” Ensemble Schumann’s Romantic Trios recording (also on MSR Classics) was described by Fanfare Magazine as making “some of the most blissful sounds this side of nirvana. Truly, this is exquisite music, exquisitely played.”
In addition, Larson and his wife, violinist Annie Trépanier, perform together as a duo, at the Wintergreen Festival & Academy in Virginia (where Larson serves as Principal Viola and Chair of Viola), and as members of Cuatro Puntos Ensemble, a group renowned for its dynamic performances & recordings as well as its dedication to using music as a stimulus for social change & cultural awareness. Cuatro Puntos’ activities have included partnerships with local arts and social organizations, concerts in South America, England, & Germany, and exciting collaborations with artists and organizations from the US, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, the United Kingdom, India, & South Africa. Previously Larson & Trépanier also played together as members of Avery Ensemble for twenty years, presenting a regular concert series and releasing several critically acclaimed recordings.Larson has performed as a guest with groups such as the Emerson Quartet and the Lions Gate Trio, is a former member of the Alcan String Quartet and has performed with orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony and National Arts Center Orchestra. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada), Larson holds degrees from McGill University, l’Université de Montréal and The Hartt School. At the 1997 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in the United Kingdom he won second prize and received the special award for his performance of the commissioned work. He studied violin with Ernest Kassian, Elman Lowe, Howard Leyton-Brown, and Mauricio Fuks, viola with Jutta Puchhammer and Steve Tenenbom, and chamber music with members of the Emerson and Orford String Quartets. He plays an exceptional 17-3/8 inch viola made by Helmuth Keller in 1981. Visit www.violinviolaetc.com for more information.